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Who thinks Obama's Budget will pass?

Moderate and conservative Democrats in the Senate are starting to choke over the massive spending and tax increases in President Barack Obama’s budget plans and have begun plotting to increase their influence over the agenda of a president who is turning out to be much more liberal than they are.
A group of 14 Senate Democrats and one independent huddled behind closed doors on Tuesday, discussing how centrists in that chamber can assert more leverage on the major policy debates that will dominate this Congress.
Afterward, some in attendance made plain that they are getting jitters over the cost and expansive reach of Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget proposal.
Asked when he’d reach his breaking point, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, said: “Right now. I’m concerned about the amount that’s being offered in [Obama’s] budget.”

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:46 AM on Mar. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Another attendee, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), said she expected the newly formed caucus to shape Obama’s budget proposal as it moves through Congress.
    “We want to give the president a chance, but our concern is going to be on the budget, looking forward,” Landrieu said. She added that she agrees with Obama that there needs to be “fundamental change” in fiscal policy, but she said “we do have to keep our eye on the long term, on intermediate and long-term fiscal responsibility.”

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:49 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • "If the moderate Democrats in the Senate are willing to work with moderate Republicans — as Bayh said they are eager to do — they will negate the White House’s ability to portray opposition to Obama’s spending as partisan obstructionism."

    Will we see ACTUAL Bi-Partisan Efforts to scale this down?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:50 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • wow.... 3.6 trillion??? where the heck is all this money coming from? his man is getting a little spend crazy....sounds to me like he is trying to run us into the ground...

    all the tax payers are going to lose their jobs trying to take care of the damn welfare ppl...then we all are going to be on assistance...what....isn't that what those libs want??

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 9:47 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • JuLiAnSmOmMy

    damn welfare ppl....Why are you judging people without knowing them? No ,not all people are going to be in assistance.How is hate going to help make anything better?


    Answer by Tristana at 10:20 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • one can only hope grlygrlz2,
    I still dont' understand how most people don't see all this spending as a problem.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:21 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Just think this is only the beggining of the massive spenders with their at the ready pens.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:53 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Wasn't part of that 3.6 trillion from Bush Era..................

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • This is where I am hanging any hope I have left.

    Answer by mamakirs at 1:32 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Hold onto your wallets !

    Answer by realtorshelly at 1:41 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

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